Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 15th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 15th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Shades of grey
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
0 - W 3m/s
visibility condition
Limited
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This report
Saturday 15th December 2018, 8:30am
17cm
Friday 14th December 2018, 7:57am 25cm
Thursday 13th December 2018, 8:29am 3cm
Wednesday 12th December 2018, 8:29am 5cm
Tuesday 11th December 2018, 8:27am 18cm
Monday 10th December 2018, 8:01am 19cm
Sunday 9th December 2018, 8:30am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 107cm
Last 14 reports (total): 148cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 168cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 252cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 15th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

More good snowfall during the day yesterday with a bit more to add to that overnight; my total since last report is 17cm.

Light snow is expected today.

Yesterday the Konayuki course became available at Hirafu and from today the Hirafu Gondola and Holiday Number 1 lifts will join in the nighta fun at that area.

We are not yet at 'fully open' - the most conspicuous area not yet open being the summit area - but we are getting there and it shouldn't be long now before that goodness becomes available. Hirafu are reporting this morning that there still isn't enough snow for them to open the top King Number 4 lift. (That might understandably be somewhat confusing to people and I'll get to that in a later report).

Somewhat warmer conditions expected tomorrow, but nothing to worry about. Snow remains on the forecast.

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Just to add to what I mentioned in my report yesterday regarding taxes and Kutchan town - which you can find here if you missed it.

The ski resorts and accommodations of what we all generally refer to as ‘Niseko’ are actually spread across Kutchan town and Niseko town.

The base areas of Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Hanazono are within the boundaries of Kutchan and those of Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri are within the boundaries of Niseko town.

That's why I was wondering about if Niseko town will do the same as Kutchan. And wonder still I do.

Oh yes, just to further potentially confuse things -- as far as I can see, the peak of Mt Niseko Annupuri (the mountain, not the ski resort) is in... drumroll... Kutchan town.

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It seems like some folk aren't keen on me mentioning anything other than powder in my reports and aren't excited by taxes or toast (like I am guessing most of you surely are). Look... if for whatever reason you don't like my reports to the point where you feel the need to write in to be rude – just don’t read 'em. Simples!

Sadly, I don’t think I am ever going to anywhere near gnarly enough for you guys.

Stay Calm & Eat Toast!

(Regular readers will know that every now and again I like to show a little annoyance towards rude people, perhaps a few times each season - this one doesn’t count).

;)

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -7°, 30cm new snow in the last 24hrs, trace new snow overnight. Moiwa 800m: -9°, W12-15m/s, 50cm snowdrift development, good visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW8m/s. Kamui Cape: NW4m/s, 1023hPa, wave 1.5m.

Forested leeward slopes at 600m have received 40cm of heavy snow in the last 24hrs. Soft slabs have formed on ridges above 1000m tree line and the general snow pack has increased. However bushes and bamboo are not buried yet.

Temperature and wind fluctuations have caused inconsistent snow drift development. On leeward slopes around 800m take care for 40cm fractures below knolls, avalanche risk is high in many areas.

Snow in the trees is heavy but good. Take care getting hooked up on a bush or small tree. Avalanches will happen when conditions are right, it doesn't mater how much snow there is. Note the avalanche risk on steep open leeward slopes. Gates are not ready to be opened yet. Do not duck ropes to ride out of bounds. Even within the ski areas it is still difficult to make a rescue off-piste.

Have a good weekend.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 15th December 2018
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm)
- Ace Number 2 Center Four (until 8:20pm)
- Ace Number 3 pair (until 3:30pm)
- Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm)
- Holiday Number 1 Pair (until 8:30pm)
- King Number 3 quad (until 3:30pm)
- Swinging Monkey (until 3:00pm)

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 105cm
- Base: 94cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad (until 3:30pm)
- Hanazono Number 2 quad (until 3:30pm)
- Hanazono Number 3 quad (until 3:00pm)

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono Courses:
- All courses apart from the below courses are now open
- Onsenzawa
- Large
- Miharashi
- Dynamic

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 140cm
- Base: 70cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola (until 3:15pm)
- Dream Number 1 quad (until 5:30pm)
- Jumbo Number 1 quad (until 8:30pm)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair (until 3:15pm)
- Jumbo Number 3 pair (until 3:15pm)

Courses:
- Utopia
- Silver
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Family
- Junior

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 130cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola (until 3:00pm)
- Upper Village Gondola (until 8:00pm)
- Village Express (until 8:00pm)
- Community Chair (until 4:30pm)
- Banzai Chair (until 8:00pm)

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 15th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lots of the mountain is now open. Oh yes. Details as I can gather them above.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 15th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 15th December 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 15th December 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2018/2019
*as of Saturday 15th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
15th December 17cm 6cm 0cm
14th December 25cm 8cm 0cm
13th December 3cm 26cm 2cm
12th December 5cm 2cm 4cm
11th December 18cm 0cm 17cm
10th December 19cm 11cm 15cm
9th December 20cm 7cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 107cm 60cm 48cm
Previous 14 days total 148cm 124cm 75cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 168cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total - 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total - 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 252cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 15th December 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
168cm
[252cm]
-
[252cm]
-
[252cm]
-
[252cm]
-
[252cm]
-
[252cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
113cm
[1150cm]
13cm
[1163cm]
0cm
[1163cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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